• 2 ORIGINAL ALBUMS ON 1 CD
• BOTH LPs FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD!!!
• PLUS 2 BONUS TRACKS
Presented here, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD, are the complete original Oliver Nelson albums A Taste of Honey (United Artists UAJS-15018) and Impressions of Phaedra (United Artists UAJS-15019). Nelson arranged this music specifically for film soundtracks, and recorded it using an all-star band featuring Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Lloyd Mayers, Urbie Green, and Ray Barretto, among many others.
While the first soundtrack presents a selection of well-known standards (plus his own tune “Goin’ Up North”), Phaedra consists of original music composed by Mikis Theodorákis (with the sole exception of “Dirge”, an Oliver Nelson composition he never recorded elsewhere). A previous Oliver Nelson recording of “Goin’ Up North” and the film version of “Love Theme from Phaedra”, the latter sung by the picture’s main star, Melina Mercouri, have been added as a bonus.
- ON TRACKS [1-8]: A TASTE OF HONEY
- Clark Terry, Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young (tp), Urbie Green, Paul Faulise, Britt Woodman, Tom Mitchell (tb), NDon Butterfield (tu), Lloyd Mayers (org), Barry Galbraith (g, cond), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Barretto (bgo).
- New York, 1962.
- ON TRACKS [9-16]: IMPRESSIONS OF PHAEDRA
- Clark Terry, Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young (tp), Urbie Green, Paul Faulise, Britt Woodman, Tom Mitchell (tb), Don Butterfield (tu), Phil Woods (as), Barry Galbraith (g), Lloyd Mayers (p), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Barretto (bgo), plus strings. New York, 1962.
- [17-18] BONUS TRACKS:
- Clyde Reasinger, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman (tp), Melba Liston, Billy Byers, Paul Faulise (tb), Don Butterfield (tu), Oliver Nelson (as, ts), Eric Dixon (ts, fl), Art Davis (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Barretto (cga, bgo).
- Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, November 10, 1961.
- 18: Melina Mercouri (vc) with band conducted by Míkis Theodorákis.
- Recorded in 1962.
- All tracks arranged & conducted by OLIVER NELSON
- 01 A TASTE OF HONEY
- 02 DESAFINADO
- 03 THE GOOD LIFE
- 04 GOING UP NORTH
- 05 THE GOLDEN STRIKER
- 06 FOR ALL WE KNOW
- 07 JACKIE-ING
- 08 ALONE TOGETHER
- 09 PHAEDRA LOVE THEME
- 10 LONDON’S FOG
- 11 DIRGE
- 12 PHAEDRA (TRAGEDY)
- 13 THE FLING
- 14 RENDEZVOUS
- 15 TOO MUCH SUN
- 16 ONE MORE TIME
- 17 GOIN’ UP NORTH [1961 version] (*)
- 18 LOVE THEME FROM PHAEDRA [vocals by Melina Mercouri] (*)